|Redshirt Seniors - Candidates for Early Departure or Unrenewed 5th Year||(14, class of 2007) - Aigamaua, Anger, Calvin, Campbell, Cattouse, Cheadle, DeMartinis, Eselu, Holt, Mansion, Owusu, Schwartz, Tyndall, Vereen|
|True Seniors||(4, class of 2008) - Guyton, Jones, Kendricks, Miller
||(3) - Davis, Moncrease, Edmond
(13, class of 2008) - Anthony, CDJ, Galas, J. Hill, Ladner, Mullins, Payne, Rigsbee, Rios, Sparks, MSG, Sweeney, Tipoti
(4 true juniors, class of 2009) - D'Amato, Hurrell, Schwenke, Sofele
(2, class of 2010 transfers) - Maynard, B. Tyndall
(11, class of 2009) - Brazinski, Bridgford, Coleman, Fanua, Kaufusi, Logan, Ragland, Siddoway, Williams, Yarnway
(1, class of 2010) - Allen
(16, class of 2010) - Adcock, Briggs, Carter, Clay, Coley, Crosthwaite, Forbes, Gibson, Hinder, G. King, L. King, Lee, Montgomery, Wark, Wilkerson, York
(2, class of 2010) - McCain, Whiteside
|Maximum Returning||69 (assumes Ragland, McCain, Whiteside enroll as expected)
||13 - Barr, Bigelow, Boehm, Broussard, Ervin, Gibson, Harris, Jalil, Jefferson, Lasco, Morgan, Rigsbee, Rodgers|
|Total Scholarship Players and Commits
|Remaining Spots in Class of 2011
||Lee, Lyerla, McClure, Moala, Sample, Scarlett, Skov, others?
Read more after the jump. Back to 1 spot remaining with Vachel Samuel's departure. [Edit: Added Barr, Gibson and Walls to the commit list! Loggy, Samuels gone. Added B. Tyndall as class of 2010 transfer. Blackmon removed as target.]
One thing is certain. If Lee, Lyerla, McClure, and Moala all decide to commit, there will be room for them.
What this class might not have room for is the entire group of Grant prospects (Moala, Sample, Lopa, and Paulo). So far only Oregon State has offered all four. The Sacramento Bee report that all four have Cal offers seems to be incorrect as of this date.
The question is, will Moala prefer to play with his buddies at Oregon State or will his desire to play close to home win out? Let's say that Moala informs Tedford that the only way he will commit to Cal is if Lopa and Paulo are offered. Is an anchor nose tackle like Moala worth 3 spots? Would Lopa and Paulo accept grayshirt offers if that was the only way to accomodate them? That's a tough decision, but IMO a 3-for-1 weakens the quality of a Cal scholarship. I would only offer if superior DE and LB targets like Barr, Gibson, Scarlett, and Lyerla go elsewhere, and this is exactly what the staff is doing.
We haven't heard of any early departures so far, but historically there have been 3 or so. This year there are actually quite a few candidates.
When I wrote this post before the season suggesting that Vereen would declare early for the NFL, many people were skeptical. Now, with the news that Vereen is earning his degree this spring, there is very little to gain from returning for another year, aside from gaining more game experience in case of an NFL lockout. So I would chalk him up as an early departure.
Redshirt seniors who receive little playing time and are candidates for an unrenewed fifth year are Aigamaua, DeMartinis, Eselu, and Tyndall. We all know JT will consider each player's academic progress before asking any player to leave the team with eligibility remaining. Maintaining a high graduation rate is of paramount importance to the program, and early departures should only be considered when the player is on track to graduate in the spring.
In my previous article I mentioned that Brock Mansion and Mike Calvin would be prime candidates to not return for a fifth season. However, both ended up receiving significant playing time, and both are now in the mix to receive playing time next year.
Next year, the class size will be larger with 22 players losing eligibility in addition to any early departures. The timing is perfect too, because next year's class seems to be loaded with top prospects like Shaq Thompson, Byron Marshall, Freddie Tagaloa, Tee Shepard, and others expressing interest in Cal already. If everything holds up, Cal will have its three best consecutive recruiting classes in program history. Wow.